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Portrait of an Artist – Erin Currier

Oct 15, 2012 04:58PM, Published by Scott Blackwell, Categories: Style, Arts+Entertainment


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Photography by Karen Kuehn

Name: Erin Currier

Artistic Medium (or media): Mixed Media Collage and Acrylic Paint (comprised of disinherited consumer waste collected in more than 40 countries).

Southwest Connection: As a young girl growing up in rural New England, I occasionally visited my grandmother, Juanita, in Arizona. The desert – with its vast and vivid wide-open sky – made quite the impression on my imagination. I left for New Mexico, where I had been accepted in the Theatre Department at the College of Santa Fe – as soon as I came of age. At 18, I crossed the country in a beat up VW convertible and have been based here ever since.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment: I think that most artists – regardless of their level of success – live in conditions of instability and uncertainty – be it economic insecurity or social controversy. Any artist who can make art without letting success go to their head, and without taking failure to heart, should be applauded. I think my biggest accomplishment is that I posses the perseverance required to do this and to make art on any continent, anywhere: on North African trains, in South American grungy motel rooms and tiny apartments, on boats, benches, sidewalks and stoops.

What do others consider your biggest accomplishment: I can't speak for anyone else, but my guess would be that others would consider my ability to support myself as an artist for many years an accomplishment. Or that I can maintain a sense of humor.

Favorite artist - Why: Diego Rivera is my favorite artist for a number of reasons – not the least of which was that, as an artist grounded in the humanities, he felt a sense of responsibility both to society, and to the development of his own discipline.

Your biggest inspiration: I am most inspired by the people I portray. I share a deep affinity with many of the workers, women, poets and civil rights activists whom I have painted; their determination and courage in the face of adversity moves me to continue and persist in my own art-making endeavors.

If I wasn’t an artist, I’d probably be : A garbage collector.

Currier’s work can be viewed and purchased at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and in Scottsdale, AZ; the Parks Gallery in Taos; Masottatorres Arte Contemporanea in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and online at erincurrierfineart.com



karen kuehn erin currier mixed media collage acrylic paint santa fe artist diego rivera blue rain gallery in santa fe parks gallery in taos


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